Did you know that Bohemians first appeared as a counterculture after the French Revolution?
The Bohemian “style” emerged when artists were forced into a more nomadic lifestyle after the Revolution, and wealthy clients no longer had their pockets lined with enough cash to support their extravagant lifestyles employing artists.
Contrary to popular belief, Bohemian style became associated with wandering gypsies and Bohemia in Central Europe, although this location wasn’t necessarily the origin of boho culture and dress.
Around the 1830s came the rise of stories around Bohemian culture in relation to poverty, which inspired the now-famous opera La Boheme.
This is also when Bohemian style began to emerge as more of an individualized style statement, with followers embracing their ability to curate their own outfits and accessories.
Bohemian Fashion Today
Moving into the 20th century, Bohemian fashion continued to become a way for people to remove themselves from the “trends” and create their own look.
In the early 1960s, New York City’s Greenwich Village became a stomping ground for Bohemians, especially women who valued feminism and “free love ideals”. Known as “beatniks”, this community bonded over a shared feeling of “not belonging where you came from”.
Artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane also embraced this new age Bohemian vibe, which soon translated into “flower power” psychedelia and was often considered to be similar to Bohemian fashion.
Since the 1960s, boho style (often also called “boho chic”) has evolved to create its own look and feel. In the early 2000s, celebrities such as Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Zooey Deschanel, and the Olsen twins sported a variety of different boho chic looks and began to set the tone for the new boho look in the 21st century.
And today, one fashion icon sets herself apart from the rest for emulating modern boho style: Florence Welch from Florence + The Machine.
We’d be remiss not to include Ms. Nicks as part of this list. “I’ll never be in style, but I’ll always be different.” Uhhh, can we be her?
Talk about a true Bohemian mindset and the ultimate Gypsy Woman.
Today, you’re most likely to see Stevie Nicks rocking beautiful, cascading black dresses – a departure from what people might consider being part of the Bohemian “trend” (floral and colorful). We love that Stevie Nicks is truly different and embraces her own twist.
Why we love it: In reading the reviews for this dress, one woman had her bridesmaids buy this dress for her wedding. The result? Rave reviews. We love a maxi. We love a wrap dress. And we love prints – what’s to miss?
Why we love It: No surprise here, we are absolutely boho and jumpsuit obsessed. So why not get the best of both worlds and go for the ultimate floral boho jumpsuit? We love the wide legs and flowy arms.